One senior Conservative MP describes Mrs May’s method of government as “valiant pugilism”. Rapid decision-taking and parliamentary dealmaking are things to which she is particularly ill-suited.
— The Economist, in ‘Missing: the British government’
“It’s a fantastic skill, her ability to do nothing,” says one of her former cabinet ministers, almost admiringly.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a moulder of consensus.
—Martin Luther King Jr., via Fred Wilson ‘MLK Day Quote – AVC’
Mandela was sufficiently confident in his own abilities to want to surround himself with advisors who were cleverer than he was, while Mbeki needed to be the brightest in the room.
—Cyril Ramaphosa, After Mandela
When times are tougher, you can’t leave. And, when times are better, you don’t want to leave.
—Lloyd Blankfein, on quitting as a leader
Charisma doesn’t permit us to lead.
Leading gives us charisma.
Seth’s Blog: Charisma, cause and effect